Onion Soup

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335


I've been inspired by many AR members, including Debb Janes, Debbie Reynolds, Fernando Herboso and Charlie Dresen, to start getting serious about using video in my blog. I have listened to them, and I know they're right about the power of video.

But it isn't something that you can just jump into, so I started with Craig Daniels' excellent video class - Craig is still working on it, but you can sign up for the initial modules, which I found to be tremendously helpful - got some video editing software and started to make videos. And I just bought a new video camera - the iPhone and iPad just don't really cut it in the ease of use category and they're both a bit short on some necessary features, like zoom and audio.

There are two challenges I'm facing now - being in front of the camera and doing voice narration. Neither is easy for me. But watching the pros here on AR, I realize that I'm just going to have to get on with it.

So when I headed home last night, I had the idea that it might be cool to practice while making dinner. And I decided that, having made the video, I might as well put it out there for friends (that would be you guys) for a test drive before doing some real estate videos and exposing myself, so to speak, in front of a much less forgiving audience - the home buying and selling public.

So here then, for your edification, is my debut - Onion Soup. Any suggestions or constructive criticism are definitely welcome. And as a bonus, it is a pretty good recipe and easy to make.


Posted by
Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


Data Source: IRES MLS

Comments (43)

Erin Bates
CMG Financial and Expansion Marketing Services - Aurora, CO

Maybe Dick can give us a video tutorial AND I can give you a "become a faster typer" tutorial! Really, we need a video tutorial Dick! :) 

Oct 15, 2013 06:41 AM
Kerry L Klun, Broker/Owner
Palm Realty - Melbourne, FL

Two bonuses on your blog:
1.)  learning from you on how to do a video
2.)  I great onion soup recipe!

If I may, what software are you using to produce your videos?


Oct 15, 2013 06:44 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Belinda & Erin - Thanks for your comments, copycats. I didn't even notice my sous chef Grover until I was putting the video together.

Hi Kerry - I'm using Sony Vegas Movie Studio. That's one of the editors Craig covers in detail in his class, and I like it. It's a bit like Photoshop, in that it has a lot more features than I'll probably ever use. It cost $69 from Amazon.

Oct 15, 2013 07:19 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dick, OK what time am I suppose to be over for some soup :)

Excellent job on the video.  First time of have heard about the chewing gum while slicing onions trick.  You forget to mention if it worked or not.

Oct 15, 2013 07:22 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi George - It must have worked because I don't remember my eyes stinging, even on the red onion. And you can show up anytime - I have leftovers (although the bacon is endangered).

Oct 15, 2013 07:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We love onion soup and your recipe rocks, and thanks for the video, your narration is great.  Ron is in charge of videos, and he is a great narrator--I am not, and the best is Debb Janes, I love her voice. I love the bacon addition, and the red onion.  We just made a lot of chicken stock for our freezer and winter needs. A

Oct 15, 2013 09:00 AM
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Hi Dick, You will have a crowd over at your house if you do too many more of these food videos. Well done, great narration and sound quality was good. You are off to a good start.

Oct 15, 2013 01:39 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Dick, That was superb and you looked just like a pro and the video was awesome. And the soup, well, I could practically smell all the way here in San Diego. great job!

Oct 15, 2013 04:57 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Dick this is something I really want to do but am at a loss when it comes to editing. Getting a lesson over a bowl of soup sounds great about now on this chilly morning. 

Oct 15, 2013 11:05 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dick. Well I guess you did get serious. I want the soup, and I want it now. Thanks for being creative.

Oct 15, 2013 11:13 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You, my friend, rock!  Love the video, the naturalness and the soup recipe.  Yum!

Oct 16, 2013 12:48 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Awww Dick. You just plain rock. Not only in the kitchen, but on video. You're so comfortable and natural. That's the best combination possible. I like your voice - it's relaxing and authoritative. You're destined for video greatness. 

Oct 16, 2013 01:53 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

In fact, you should have a recipe section in your YouTube library. You would connect with a LOT of people ( prospects) that way. Many of us like to cook and love new recipes.  

Oct 16, 2013 01:55 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Dick, For your debut you knocked it out of the park. You seem so relaxed and love the way you moved the camera around to different angles. I might suggest you invest in a lapel mike. I had to turn my volume to max and a couple of times it was hard to hear you when you were turned away from the camera mike. Also for real life video, most people's attention will not hold for 7 minutes so think shorter and even import some stills of the product into the video to save video time. Now I am ready for my soup. I like it really hot. LOL

You are going to rock the YouTube world. 

Oct 16, 2013 10:35 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dick I make a killer onion soup via Thomas Keller's Recipe from the Bouchon Cookbook....now on a side note I am not a fan of videos and I always look at the videos and if the time is longer than 2.5minutes I just move on, please do not take this the wrong way just as my input about the length...since I do love cooking I will come back and look at it some time later...

Oct 16, 2013 03:48 PM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer
Well done Dick! I wonder if younwill be picked up by FoodNetwork!
Oct 18, 2013 12:47 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Saying hello. Craig Daniels did an embed video how to and featured this wonderful video from days past.  Hope you and Mary had a wonderful celebration this week.  D 

Dec 26, 2019 08:15 AM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Hi Dick! Sorry for the alphabet spammer comments above. Whether bot or a very bored and dispicable person I'm not sure, but it was a link follow from my post that brought them here. Hope all is well! Reminiscing about old times in video class and the great job you did. Catch you later! :) Just wanted to say hello

Dec 27, 2019 05:32 AM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

you may want to turn on the AR setting, require commenters to be signed in. that will stop the 'anonymous' spammer. sorry :(

Dec 27, 2019 12:43 PM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Hey I just watched your video based on Craig Daniels post about how to embed a video in an AR post.    Mouth watering - thanks for the receipe Dick Greenberg 

Dec 29, 2019 10:56 AM